View Poll Results: What school improvements or options might tempt you to give up homeschooling?

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  • Smaller classroom sizes

    12 19.67%
  • Better special education program (including gifted ed)

    13 21.31%
  • Enforced no-bullying policies

    13 21.31%
  • More customized learning options

    19 31.15%
  • Qualified teachers in every classroom

    9 14.75%
  • Less concentration on standardized testing

    19 31.15%
  • Other (please share below)

    11 18.03%
  • We would continue to homeschool despite any school improvements

    29 47.54%
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    Default Weekly Poll: If Wishes Were Horses, yada, yada

    I don't let myself play the "what-if" game concerning our homeschool experience too often. The last 12 years have been incredibly fulfilling and our kids have - - at least so far - - turned out to be lovely human beings with their natural curiosity still intact. But, there HAVE been times that I found myself fantasizing about other options. What if there were a school for geeky, twice-gifted kids who like to fix computers for fun, for instance?? Might I have traded in our homeschool experience for a picture-perfect school straight out of a Wishbook Catalog?

    It's an interesting question, and one I'm not sure I can answer in hindsight, but one I might readily have answered in the thick of a particularly difficult homeschool day.

    What about you? Is there a perfect school scenario which might tempt you to throw in the homeschool towel? Or are you so absolutely certain of your choice that the most targeted and optimized school experience wouldn't sway you in the least? Let's find out...shall we??

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    I chose "other" because there wasn't a choice for "all of the above." And since pigs will fly before public schools manage to change "all of the above," we'll be homeschooling for a long time.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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    We would almost certainly continue to homeschool no matter what.

    But... if there were really small schools (100 kids or less) that were really learning communities that we could choose... I might be tempted. But my vision for what school could be ain't happening any time soon, so it's not like it'll lure us away.
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    I looked at all my checks and, well, we'd probably still homeschool anyway.

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    The big thing for me is gifted ed and differentiated learning. Had we not PCSed, my daugther would still be in school, because York County Schools in VA met these needs very well (and they were concerned they weren't doing enough for her). The school here? Not so much. In fact, not so much to the point that they wanted to have her diagnosed for ADHD and drug her and complained that she asked too many questions and was interested in things that none of the other children were interested in, so they didn't want to be friends with her. When the crap on the playground got to be so bad that she was purposely not finishing her work in class so she would be held in from recess, and they weren't able to see that she didn't want to be out there to be bullied where there was no teacher supervision...well, a lot of bad things added up that made me homeschool.

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    For us we'd have to find a small K-12 school, where grade levels intermingled at least some of the time, with teachers trained in this extremely specific way that I've thought up based on what is important to me. With lots of emphasis on nature study, lots of reading and kids would have the ability to follow their interests to the very end of where their interest leads.

    So, homeschool, basically. In a pretty little schoolhouse. It's never going to happen. Oh! Even if we did find it, it would have to be able to be hitched up to our mitsubishi and taken with us wherever the DHS sends us. haha. Homeschool is definitely for us, just in every way imaginable.

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    I put we would continue to homeschool despite any improvements. We aren't homeschooling due to any shortcomings of the schools (my oldest has always gone to public school) but due to some of my sons particular quirks. He would not do well in even a fairly small classroom. We know because he was in Early Intervention with only 6 kids and 3 teachers and there were still issues. He almost definitely has ADHD, probably has a touch of atypical autism, definite sensory issues especially noise, smells and taste/textures, and can't handle a lot of writing. He's also very smart and working at mostly 2nd grade level right now. So, I guess he'd be termed 2E. He really needs very individualized education, one that allows him to work around his issues while also working at his own level so he doesn't get bored. I don't think any school situation would be able to provide all that.
    Continuing to homeschool after returning to work.
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    My biggest beef with school is the institutionalization of children. I think kids deserve more than that and I don't see how public education could ever fully address it, so I really don't see ever giving up.
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    I think we'll continue to home school. It would have to be a very individualized, relaxed learning environment, with kids able to follow their own interests and work at their own pace. Since I don't see a school actually offering that, we'll stay with our current plan.
    ~ Cris, Mom of a 3rd Grader ~

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    We're only two years in and we've certainly had our challenges, but I can't imagine not homeschooling at this point. (As a matter of fact, we increased my life insurance policy so in the event I kick off, my husband could hire an in-home tutor until Zack is old enough to school independently - it's that important to us.)

    The only way I could envision a return to school is if there was actually a "school for introverts" as described by Zack:

    Five students per class.
    The option of staying inside and reading instead of running around outside at recess.
    A "quiet room" with comfortable chairs and soft lighting and pleasant music playing where kids could go any time.
    The ability to get up and use the restroom without having to announce it to everyone.
    No noisy assemblies, pep rallies, parades or field trips.
    A cafeteria with restaurant-style tables and the choice to eat alone.

    Gee, sounds kinda like our house. I think we'll stick with it for now.
    Last edited by ginnyjf; 02-02-2012 at 04:42 PM. Reason: Changed an incorrect article because nothing says "successful homeschooler" like grammatical errors.
    Introverted, long-in-the-tooth, sometimes eccentric, eclectically homeschooling my 11-year-old, introverted, hardcore gamer son. Happily married for 23 years to the most patient and loving man in the world. Still finding my way and struggling to come to terms with a chronic illness. Allergic to drama, bigotry and conformity.

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